Courtesy Photo An ofrenda is pictured in the Indiana Memorial Union, IU’s La Casa Latino Cultural Center collaborated with student groups and IU academic departments to host virtual events for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, starting Oct" /> Courtesy Photo An ofrenda is pictured in the Indiana Memorial Union, IU’s La Casa Latino Cultural Center collaborated with student groups and IU academic departments to host virtual events for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, starting Oct" />

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no Courtesy fotografía no An ofrenda is pictured in ns Indiana monumento Union. IU’s La patria Latino Cultural centrar collaborated con student groups and IU academic departments come host email events for trabaja de ese Muertos, or trabaja of the Dead, starting Oct. 26 and ending Oct. 29. 


By Celeste Ovelton
released Oct 29, dos mil veinte 9:05 pm last updated Oct 29, dos mil veinte 9:05 afternoon

IU’s La página de inicio Latino Cultural centrar collaborated con student groups and IU scholastic departments come host virtual events for trabaja de los Muertos, or trabaja of ns Dead, starting Monday, Oct. 26 and finishing Thursday, Oct. 29. 

Recordings of the events will be post on the center's website. 


“We normally host an occasion to celebrate día of ns Dead but con COVID, us were unable to perform that this year,” said Lillian Casillas, director of La Casa. “But luckily instead, we were maybe to host events en línea with los help that some other organizations.”

Day of los Dead is traditionally commemorated Nov. Uno and 2. 

Professor of sociology at IU, Keitlyn Alcantara, began the event serie by illuminating los roots of día of los Dead celebrations i m sorry originated desde practices of indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica to honor the deceased. She additionally spoke ~ above her issue of ns potential for appropriation that these traditions as uno result of your popularity in the mainstream world. 

“It’s important to remember that these traditions once had to be concealed by indigenous people,” Alcantara said. “It renders me uncomfortable to recognize that costumes room openly accessible at Walmart.”

In conjunction with ns event series, los student-run Union Board set up dos altars in ns Indiana memorial Union. Ns identical altars will stand in former of Wittenberg Auditorium y above ns Biddle Hotel lobby until Nov. 2.

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The altars room accompanied by indications explaining los essential materials of one ofrenda, Spanish for altar. These components are attached to the four elements: water, left in un pitcher; wind, represented by the rire picado; earth, most generally symbolized con bread, or pan ese muerto and fire, in los form of a lit candle as created on signs at the event.

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Visitors space welcome come write y drop off letter to loved ones who have passed away. Los public is likewise invited to send photos en línea for display at one of the altars. It is registered letters will certainly be shed Nov. 2 by La patria as another symbol of los element, fire.

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The board composed ns list of extr resources on ns traditions of trabaja of the dead celebrations. 

An additional event developing during this period is the Calaveras literatura Contest funded by the center for Latin americano and Caribbean Studies. 

Calaveras literarias are satirical poems devoted to ns loved one, celebrity or prominent social issue. They have to rhyme and be attached to the concept that death. 

Margo Chavez, graduate assistant because that CLACS, assisted develop the contest. Chavez hopes to continue this event as a yearly tradition. 

“A lot of of los time you’ll watch them in newspapers and things like that in Mexico,” Chavez said. “It’s casta to how roughly Halloween and Christmas we placed themed decorations.”

Submissions for ns contest are open until the fin of Friday, Oct. 30. Submissions will be post on the CLACS website at ns conclusion of the competition. There will be prizes awarded to los top tres winners announced top top Nov. 2.